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National Museum (Museo de la Nacion)

Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
01 476 9878
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Ranked #76 of 130 Attractions in Lima
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell...
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Attraction details
Type: History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric times and ancient civilizations to the advanced civilizations of Huari, Chimu and Paracas and the Inca Empire.

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Sydney, Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I was expecting to see displays on ancient cultures. Instead I saw a modern art display (From a single artist), an ethnographic display from an Andean culture, and a photo gallery from the war of the shining path. I enjoyed the first two, however I found the war photos a little much. The display was very well done, a powerful... More 

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Lima Region, Peru
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Contrary to what I expected, the museums displays only three temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions were well-organized and in depth, but it was a disappointment to find out that there are no permanent collections. When I visited this museum on a Saturday morning, the museum shop wasn't open. Too bad. On the other hand, the museum is free. Low-budget travelers can... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Extensive displays of Peru's contemporary art. Special display of Choppca culture, from the nation's poorest region. Extensive photographic display of from the lengthy guerilla war instigated by the Maoist Shining Path movement, a very painful period in the history of Peru (about 1980 to 2004). Mercifully the graphic photos of atrocities on both sides are not in colour. Museum very... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Overall not that impressive but for the top floor exhibit which covers the 1980-2000 troubles in Peru and represents "a final visual report for the Commission for Truth and Reconciliation. Powerful and to me represents an important component for understanding an important part of Peru's recent history.

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San Francisco, California
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This was an excellent museum even though only about a third of the exhibits have English language translations. Nonetheless, the museum displays exhibits from the various cultures of Peru that led to the Incan hegemony. The museum gave us a solid understanding that Peru's ancient history was comprised of far more than the Incan culture, and that the Incas were... More 

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Houston, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our first trip to Peru so we thought the National museum would be a great place to visit. We left a little disappointed. It's an inexpensive trip, 3 soles per person when we went, and we did not have the option to get a guided tour. No information was given when we bought our tickets. We asked if... More 

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Mystic, Connecticut
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you have seen the Larco and the archeology museum, this is worth a visit. There is a fascinating exhibit on the 6th floor of the Shining Path/MARTA terrorism in the 1980s. Also an overview of pre-colombian and colonial art

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Perfect combination of Peruvian culture. Very interesting ! Really recommended and the museum is very modern too.

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Lima
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65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

The former Fishing Ministry, a concrete block from the Velasco era, was converted to a museum some years ago. However, the infrastructure is not suited for exhibits. The space is more modern than Soviet-era monoliths, but it is cold and unwelcoming. Further, permanent exhibits are poor, and temporary ones, sometimes, very good. If you are traveling to Lima, there are... More 

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Houston
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The museum is spread out on floors 2,3,6. The stark setting for black and white photos depicting the tumultuous years of civil rebellion were moving. It is a reminder to all of the struggles people had to endure to get to where they are now. The special exhibit on the Inca Trail road was interesting also. This is not a... More 

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